Asian Development Bank appoints Chen Chen as new Sri Lanka country director

ECONOMYNEXT – Manila-based Asian Development Bank said it has appointed Chen Chen, a Chinese national who has been with the lender since 2007 as country director for Sri Lanka.

“I look forward to further strengthening ADB’s partnership with the country and supporting its development in public and private sectors,” Chen said in a statement.

“I have had the opportunity of managing ADB’s transport sector portfolio in Sri Lanka in the past, and have gathered insights about the country’s development needs.”

Chen has worked in Pacific and South Asia Departments of the ADB, overseeing projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste.

He succeeds Sri Widowati who retired from ADB in September 2019.

Since 2017, Chen was the Senior Advisor to the Vice President (Operations 1) and led quality management on strategies, business plans, projects and technical assistance in 16 developing countries in Central and West Asia, and South Asia, the ADB said.

Chen holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), United States, a Master’s degree from South China University of Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China. (Colombo/Feb24/2020)